- "I ain't in this for your [Princess Leia's] revolution!"
- ―Han Solo, to Princess Leia Organa
Revolution is a type of political movement, generally used in reference to people trying to fight against the current government, with the intent of either creating a new government to their liking, or otherwise causing anarchy. People who participate in revolutions are generally called revolutionaries. In some cases, those who adhere to revolution also engage in terrorism as well as using violence to get rid of the reigning government. In some cases, the revolutionaries still call themselves such even after taking over the government and/or creating the government in question.
The anarchist group Revolutionary Edge Brigade was considered a revolutionary group, and often engaged in bank robberies and various forms of terrorism during the Old Republic.
The Rebel Alliance, as well as their fight against the Galactic Empire, was referred to as revolutionaries as well as a revolution, respectively, by either the Empire itself or neutral parties such as then-smuggler Han Solo shortly after rescuing the Rebel leader, Alderaanian princess Leia Organa. They also inspired similar revolutionary movements, a notable example being the Drogheda Revolutionaries post-Battle of Endor.
Behind the scenesEdit
Revolutions played a large role in the creation of the Star Wars trilogy, especially with the Rebel Alliance, with the story treatment notes for Star Wars (then-titled The Star Wars) made by series creator George Lucas in 1973 stating, among others, "Theme: Aquilae is a small independent country like North Vietnam threatened by a neighbor or provincial rebellion, instigated by gangsters aided by empire. Fight to get rightful planet back. Half of system has been lost to gangsters . . . The Empire is like America ten years from now, after gangsters assassinated the Emperor and were elevated to power in a rigged election . . . We are at a turning point: fascism or revolution". Lucas as well as former associate of American Zoetrope Walter Murch have repeatedly implied since the 1973 story treatment that the former's primary inspiration for the Rebel Alliance had been the South Vietnamese communist revolutionary group Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope novelization (First mentioned)
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire
- "Deal with a Demon"—Star Wars Tales 3
- Star Wars 83: Sweetheart Contract
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film, p.16
- ↑ Kyle Smith (2014-10-21). How 'Star Wars' was secretly George Lucas' Vietnam protest. New York Post. Retrieved on March 25, 2016.
- ↑ How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise; Taylor, Chris; Basic Books (2014)
- ↑ http://www.yomyomf.com/star-wars-is-a-metaphor-for-the-vietcong-kicking-american-ass-in-the-vietnam-war/
- ↑ The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film. Ondaatje, Michael; Knopf (2005). p.70.
- ↑ The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film: Pages 7-8; 17
"I started to work on Star Wars rather than continue on Apocalypse Now. I had worked on Apocalypse Now for about four years and I had very strong feelings about it. I wanted to do it, but could not get it off the ground... A lot of my interest in Apocalypse Now was carried over into Star Wars. I figured I couldn't make that film because it was about the Vietnam War, so I would essentially deal with some of the same interesting concepts that I was going to use and convert them into space fantasy, so you'd have essentially a large technological empire going after a small group of freedom fighters or human beings... a small independent country like North Vietnam threatened by a neighbor or provincial rebellion, instigated by gangsters aided by empire... The empire is like America ten years from now, after Nixonian gangsters assassinated the Emperor and were elevated to power in a rigged election; created civil disorder by instigating race riots aiding rebel groups and allowing the crime rate to rise to the point where a 'total control' police state was welcomed by the people. Then the people were exploited with high taxes, utility and transport costs"
- ↑ The Making of Star Wars, p.12. "A lot of my [George Lucas's] interest in Apocalypse Now was carried over into Star Wars, I figured that I couldn't make that film because it was about the Vietnam War, so I would essentially deal with some of the same interesting concepts that I was going to use and convert them into space fantasy, so you'd have essentially a large technological empire going after a small group of freedom fighters or human beings."